Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina dress smashes estimate

A dress Audrey Hepburn wore in 1954 film Sabrina has sold for $217,600, almost doubling its $120,000 high estimate.

It was the most valuable lot sold at Profiles in History's three-day auction of the collections of Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher this weekend.

Audrey Hepburn Sabrina

Hepburn and dress dazzle opposite William Holden in Sabrina

Hepburn wore the white organza gown, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, while playing the title role of Sabrina Fairchild.

Reynolds was an avid collector of Hollywood memorabilia. In 2011 she sold much of her haul, including Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.4m. That figure remains a record for film memorabilia.

Yet Hepburn's gown had somehow slipped Reynolds' mind.

Auction house owner Joe Maddalena told the Hollywood Reporter: “There's just no way that Debbie knew she had this.

“She purchased so many things over the years, at one point it was just likely forgotten.

"It really is one of the four or five most famous dresses in cinema history, and we almost missed it. If we hadn't opened those trunks, they likely would have just gone to [thrift store company] Goodwill.

"There are very few moments in which the stars truly align, but this costume is one of them."

There is huge demand for Hepburn's personal memorabilia.

Her "Ascot" dress from My Fair Lady sold for $4.5 million from Reynolds' collection in the 2011 sale.

Last month, her personal script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s auctioned for £632,750 ($846,619) – setting a new record for a script at auction.

For more results from the weekend's sale, click here.

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